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    Merck said Friday that its first-quarter profit jumped 67 percent despite lower-than-expected sales, due to lower spending on production, marketing and research as well as an arbitration charge a year ago.

  • Warren Buffett

    In his message to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders earlier this week, Warren Buffett wrote, "My doctors and I have decided on a two-month treatment of daily radiation" for his just-diagnosed stage I prostate cancer.  While the rest of the world does not knows all the specific details about Mr. Buffett's health and the considerations that contributed to that decision, it is highlighting questions on whether someone in Mr. Buffett's position should be treated at all.

  • Starting a small business is a risky proposition even in the best financial times. If you’re thinking about starting one but are worried about how it will fare during a downturn, you might want to consider an industry that can be described as “recession-proof.”A recession-proof industry caters to an ongoing demand. If a business provides goods or services fitting this profile, its odds of weathering economic storms are better than those that don’t. This is why medical and diagnostic laboratories

    If you're worried about how yours might fare during a downturn, consider a recession-proof industry, which caters to ongoing demands.

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    So what argument should advocates employ? That the government has no business interfering in private activities except to prevent harm to others

  • Marijuana

    There’s growing federal momentum to undercut medical marijuana laws in states including Montana and California.  Those laws are suffering more pushback under President Obama than President Bush. What now for medical marijuana patients?

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    More than two years after New Jersey approved a measure to legalize marijuana for chronically ill patients, the program may finally be on the verge of allowing dispensaries to open.

  • Marijuana

    Not only was Oregon the first state to decriminalize pot in 1973, years before its glamorous neighbor to the south, but its medical marijuana program has operated with few glitches since it began in 1998. Now, it's an issue in a top statewide election race.

  • Mylan Inc.

    Based on my discussions with several analysts, from reading their reports, I suspect that the earnings revisions occurred after the analysts had conversations with Mylan.

  • Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Affordable Care Act

    Discussing why he thinks the affordable care act is not a coherent bill, with Lawrence Lindsey, former National Economic Council director, The Lindsey Group president/CEO.

  • If you’re a professional athlete, injuries are almost guaranteed. Whether it’s a repetitive stress injury from tennis, a torn ACL from football or something more brutal like a hockey stick to the face, sports injuries are simply a part of life for the professional athlete.Those who spend their hours on the field may court blunt force trauma, but that doesn’t mean they can’t injure themselves off the field as well. During this year’s baseball spring training, New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamber

    If you’re a professional athlete, injuries are almost guaranteed. However, sometimes the off-field injuries are so bizarre they become noteworthy.

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    Sickness and disease are part of the human condition. There will be stunning advances in health care in the coming decades — and many new challenges.

  • The U.S. gross domestic product has been climbing, according to the  While this is good news for the overall economy, it represents a problem for the trucking industry, which  to haul the nation’s goods.Transport Capital Partners’ fourth quarter Business Expectations Survey indicated that the driver shortage had improved ever so slightly since August, which TCP’s Richard Mikes attributed to aggressive recruiting on the part of carriers. However, 70 percent of carriers still reported persistently

    Despite the perception about a lack of work, there are jobs that employers can’t fill. Applicants may lack training, or the jobs may not pay enough. Whatever the reason, jobs in many major sectors going unfilled.

  • Novartis

    India’s mass production of generic versions of drugs patented elsewhere helps poor people with treatment that would otherwise be too costly, but drug companies say the knockoffs stifle innovation. The New York Times reports.

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    Merck said Tuesday first-quarter earnings would fall below Wall Street's estimates, however, it still expects to reach its earnings forecast for the full year.

  • Can Drugs Fight Obesity? FDA Weighs In

    There will be no silver bullet to reduce obesity, says Margaret Hamburg, FDA commissioner. Adding that, "generic drugs make a huge difference in patient care."

  • Gilead Plummets on Hep C Drug

    Insight on the biotech firm seeing shares down after announcing some patients treated with its hepatitis C drug experienced a relapse, with Mark Schoenebaum, ISI Group

  • GlaxoSmithKline CEO on Earnings

    A breakdown of the drug-maker's Q4 profit after reporting a loss a year earlier, with Andrew Witty, GlaxoSmithKline CEO.

  • Roche CEO on Illumina Deal

    Insight on the value that will be created by a transaction with Illumina, with Severin Schwan, Roche CEO, who discusses Roche's offer for Illumina.

  • It’s rare for the world's leading pharmaceutical companies and other partners to work together to tackle an urgent global health issue. It’s time for this to change and our new coordinated effort – unlike previous siloed, disease-by-disease approaches – is the first step.

  • Paula Deen

    Paula Deen has been teaching comfort food cooks since 2002. On January 17, 2012, she announced her diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. She also announced that she had become the spokesperson for the anti-diabetes drug Victoza. However, she’s hardly the only celebrity chef to make a questionable endorsement deal.